New York, NY
When my sister Adrian moved to Brooklyn, NY, it was the first time we hadn’t lived in the same city for our entire lives! I immediately planned a trip to visit her and decided to go in October, after the city had cooled down post-summer, but before the snow starts. Adrian lives on the third floor in a brownstone in Bed-Stuy that has the tiniest kitchen and bathroom, but the two most beautiful marble fireplaces in her living room and bedroom.
After quickly dropping off my bags, we headed into Manhattan for dinner at By Chloe, a vegan fast-casual restaurant with the cutest branding. I ordered the Guac Burger, which consisted of a black bean / quinoa / sweet potato patty, guacamole, corn salsa, lettuce, tomato, tortilla strips, and chipotle aioli on a whole grain bun. It was SO good!
We walked around SoHo after dinner and stopped by the Glossier showroom, located in the penthouse of a nondescript building. It was an explosion of millennial pink, and even Adrian, who is a self-proclaimed “no makeup” girl, really got into it and ended up trying on almost every product. I stocked up on some Boy Brow and a peachy shade of Cloud Paint, while Adrian left with two of their new liquid eye shadows.
The next morning, we started our day with brunch at Egg Shop. This place has the cutest branding and décor, as well as amazing food. I ordered a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with a morning mule cocktail, and Adrian got an open-faced egg and ricotta sandwich with a negroni. Lucky for us, it was a weekday so we didn’t have to wait for a table, but I can see how Egg Shop would be packed for brunch on the weekend.
After brunch, we walked around the shopping district in Williamsburg. I’ve been following Leif Shop on Instagram for years and was so excited to finally see their shop in person. We stopped by Aesop, where Adrian bought a hand lotion that smelled amazing, and the Mast chocolate shop, where they were literally making chocolate behind the counter! I had a list of places that I definitely wanted to go to, but it was fun stumbling upon other cool shops I had never heard of before, like McNally Jackson bookstore and a lifestyle and décor shop called Mociun.
We took a water taxi to DUMBO and walked to the intersection of Washington Street and Water Street to take photos in front of the Manhattan Bridge. This place is notorious for its quintessential Brooklyn backdrop, so there were about 50 other people there taking photos just like us.
For an afternoon pick-me-up, we stopped by Milk Bar and got a scoop of cereal milk soft serve ice cream and a few different cookies. I may just be a picky eater, but the cereal milk flavor was not for me. I definitely think it’s an acquired taste. However, I loved the compost cookie and confetti cookie!
Adrian got us tickets to see an off-Broadway show that evening called “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play,” and it was SO good! The super small, all-female cast had us laughing and crying the entire time. After the show, we walked to a hot pink-themed Italian restaurant called Pietro Nolita. The place only had about five tables, so we had to wait a little while to be seated, but it ended up being one of the best meals we had! From the bar, we ordered the Violetta (lavender vodka, elderflower, lemon, honey), the Nolitarita (tequila, mezcal, hibiscus, red chili, lime, orange), and the Rosa (vodka, aperol, lemon, orange, prosecco). Needless to say, they were all DELICIOUS. For dinner, Adrian had the homemade gnocchi with lamb ragu and parmesan. She let me sneak a few bites and it was AMAZING. I had the spaghetto al pomodoro, and we split the grilled Brussels sprouts, because we couldn’t resist.
We went to one of my favorite places for brunch the next morning called Jack’s Wife Freda. I ordered the eggs benedict that came with a hot pink beet hollandaise sauce, and Adrian got a grilled chicken sandwich and French fries. After brunch, we spent the afternoon shopping in SoHo and checked out Artists & Fleas, which is a marketplace-style shop for local makers and artists, and stumbled upon a new dog accessory store called Wild One where I bought a new leash for Paddington. Our treat of the day was grabbing a scoop of edible cookie dough in a cone from Cookie Do. It was SO good but super rich; we each got a small scoop and couldn’t even finish that!
Later that day, I met up with my friend Hillary to go to Color Factory. She moved to NYC right after we graduated college, and I hadn’t seen her in about two years, so we had a lot of fun catching up. Color Factory is an experiential museum with activities, photo opps, and yummy snacks scattered throughout the way. It takes about an hour and a half to walk through the entire exhibit, but it was so much fun to explore.
On my last day, Adrian and I squeezed in an afternoon at the MoMA before my flight home. I loved getting to see the Matisse paintings, and there was a super cool exhibit of town mockups made out of paper on display. New York is one of those cities that is constantly changing with new places to discover every time you visit. I can’t wait to go back soon to see what new restaurants, shops, and art exhibits are popping up around town.